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Senate Global Warming Votes and Heavy Handed Tactics from the Bush White House
 


22 June 2005 at 6:04:22 PM
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National Environmental Trust Comments

"This week the U.S. Senate finally stepped up to the plate and acknowledged that the debate on global warming is over and the time to act is now. The only question remains, will President Bush enter the game or is he going to spend the rest of his term on the bench.

"The Bush Administration may be able to white out climate science, but it's going to find the bipartisan momentum in Congress much harder to erase. The U.S. Senate will enact mandatory cuts in global warming pollution; it's just a matter of when.

"While the White House blocked specific legislation requiring mandatory reductions, 54 Senators went on record saying the nation must enact real cuts, and that they reject President's do- nothing approach.

"Senators McCain and Lieberman's amendment failed today because of heavy handed tactics of the White House. The President was forced to pull out all the stops to block Republican senators from supporting any deal to reduce global warming pollution. Even so, key Republicans voted for other measures on global warming, most notably Senators Domenici, DeWine and Hagel.

"Now President Bush has to face the leaders of the world's wealthiest nations next month at the G8 in Scotland without the backing of his own Senate. If I were him, I'd skip the G-8 this year"

Union of Concerned Scientists

"For the first time, global warming was an integral part of the Senate's debate about our nation's energy future. More and more Senators realize the scientific debate on global warming is over and that we must take action now. In fact, a majority of Senators now support mandatory action to curb global warming pollution. This is a significant development from previous years. Unfortunately, the Senate failed to take any meaningful action to reduce global warming emissions. The Senate's irresponsible glacial pace is not commensurate with the urgency of this problem.

"Ultimately, the Senate was not brave enough to show leadership on this pressing issue. But at least they are talking about it seriously, which is more than the House and Bush administration can say.

"Leaders outside of Washington are trying to pick up the slack. During the month of June 2005 alone we have seen growing consensus across the country for aggressive action to address global warming."

-- On June 1, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger of California signed an Executive Order committing California to achieve significant reductions in global warming pollution. During the signing ceremony, Governor Schwarzenegger said, 'I say the debate is over. We have the science. We see the threat...the time for action is now!'

-- On June 7, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences for the first time joined ten other national science academies in making a strong statement on climate change. The Academies called on world leaders 'to acknowledge that the threat of climate change is clear and increasing, to address its causes, and to prepare for its consequences.'

-- On June 9, the heads of twenty-three global companies, including BP, Ford and British Airways, called for strong action to mitigate global warming and leading industrial nations to set up a global system for curbing heat-trapping emissions.

-- On June 13, the U.S. Conference of Mayors unanimously adopted the Climate Protection Agreement. This agreement commits the cities to reduce global warming emissions by 7 percent from 1990 levels by 2012.

"It also calls for decisive federal action to tackle the global warming threat."


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